How to Make Lavender with Flower Paste
Flowers and plants are a natural decoration for cakes, irrelevant of the season, but they are especially popular in spring and summer. If you’re looking for something a little different to the usual roses, daisies and carnations, then lavender is a great choice.
To make lavender it’s definitely best to use flower paste. Sugar paste/fondant icing doesn’t have the kind of hardness necessary to keep its shape for the small, delicate shapes you’ll be crafting.
Achieving the lavender colour is fairly simple. Try mixing some blue flower paste with a white flower paste to soften the tone. Add a little white at a time until you get the desired colour.
Making your Flower Paste Lavender
To make the lavender you’ll need the following:
• Blue and white flower paste
• Florists wire
• Small flower cutter
• Edible food glue
There are two methods to making flower paste lavender. Both are pretty simple, but we’ll cover them both as you may find one suits your needs better than the other.
Method 1: Using Scissors
To make flower paste lavender with scissors follow these steps:
1. Take a piece of blue flower paste and a piece of white paste. Knead them both until they become pliable in the hand, then mix them together to get the right shade.
2. Roll your lavender colour flower paste into a sausage and cut into sections about 2 inches long each.
3. Insert a length of florists wire down the length of one of your small sections of flower paste.
4. Hold the wire with the paste pointing towards you. Then begin to snip into the icing with your scissors, rotating the wire as you go. Gradually work your way towards the tip of the flower paste.
5. As you snip the paste it should naturally form the textured appearance of lavender.
6. Once you’ve covered the whole length of the paste, use your fingers to gently position the snipped flower paste and smooth off any rough or pointed areas and give it a more organic appearance.
7. Put the lavender to one side and allow it to dry overnight before putting onto your cake.
Method 2: Using a Flower Cutter
The second way of making flower paste lavender involves using a small flower cutter. This method also allows you to make different shades of lavender icing so that you can give your decoration some different tones.
1. Mix your flower paste together to get the desired shade. Consider making two or three different shades to give your lavender a more realistic appearance.
2. Roll out the flower paste on a work surface dusted with icing sugar.
3. Press out several flowers with your cutter.
4. Using a sharp knife cut them in half.
5. Fix the halves to the florists wire using edible food glue. Layer them up along the length of the wire, mixing up the shades as you go.
6. Once the flower paste is fixed in place gently run your fingers from the bottom of the lavender to the tip to smooth the ‘petals’ into place.
7. Set aside to harden before adding to your cake. It’s amazing what you can achieve with flower paste.
Why not try making these delightful sugar flowers yourself. It doesn’t have to be difficult to yield great results, so give flower paste lavender a try.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Renshaw Baking.